The greater majority of my quilts that I make each year are given to family and friends. It is such fun to create something for a dear friend or a new baby and be thinking about that person as I sew the scraps of fabric together. I do keep some of them for myself though. I will admit to having one (or more) of my quilts in every room of our house except the bathroom!
Part of any craft is to increase one's skills. So with my quilting over the years, I have chosen a new skill to acquire every so often. One year I focused on applique and paper piecing. Another year I hand quilted a quilt for my mother in law instead of machine quilting it. I have also challenged myself with intricate or difficult blocks. This year I wanted to challenge myself to slow down, which led me to giving hand piecing a try. I am participating in a Hand Pieced Quilt Along with Elm Street Quilts. The goal is to hand piece a block each week. There are a total of nine blocks in this sampler, and the blocks will increase in skill level as we go along.
I am excited about this project. I like that I can bring along my piecing (much like small knitting and crochet projects) and work on it while I am at the library, doctor's office, school parking lot, etc. When I typically piece a quilt, I am at home behind my machine. So it is fun to have a traveling project! I also appreciate how the block slowly builds. I could hop on my machine and whip out a six inch block in a few minutes, but the process of creating a block stitch by stitch is appealing.
We will see how it all goes over the next couple of months! If you are interested in joining, it's not too late! It would be great to have you. Hop on over to Elm Street Quilts or Simple. Handmade. Everyday. to find out all of the details.
These two were my sewing partners one morning. Our pup, Sadie, and her friend, Shiloh. They were not very interested in quilting themselves, but they were quite cozy.